As a way to reach its younger patients and promote healthy habits, the Lehigh Valley Health Network’s medical center, in the Weis Plaza in Mountain Top, held a Back to School Health Fair Aug. 17.
The theme of the fair was “treasure hunt” and dozens of small children excitedly grasped treasure maps and moved through 16 different activity stations that were both fun and educational at the same time.
“We want to be a part of the community,” Lisa Marie Halecky, LVHN’s community relations specialist, stated. “We want to promote wellness, educating children on healthy eating habits and fitness and giving them the guidance to maintain their health.”
As children entered the fair, held on a beautiful sunny day, outside in the grassy area next to the LVHN medical center, they were given pirate-themed maps to guide them to the various information stations.
“Under my skin” was the first stop, with a booth run by Edward Kapuschinsky, of the LVHN radiology department. Enthusiastic about the theme, Kapuschinsky wore a black pirate bandana, decorated with skull and crossbones, and a model of a skeleton stood next to the booth, with a similar cap and eye patch.
On a table loaded with faux gold coins, Kapuschinsky showed a group of children paper diagrams and encouraged them to guess the names of various bones in the body. He pointed to a computer screen beside him that showed an X-ray of an ankle.
“We’re showing kids bones and explaining what lives under your skin,” Kapuschinsky said. Turning to wide-eyed children, he asked, “Do you know how many bones are in the human body?...There are 206 –that’s a lot!”
At the next table, little Kaleb Fields, after having his hands rubbed with special lotion, placed them inside a machine that shined ultraviolet light and got to see the germs on his hands. He then had a chance to wash his hands thoroughly at a soap and water station, guided through a 10-step process, and he returned to the germ machine to see the difference.
Across the way, Barbara Hunsinger, director of cardiology services at LVHN, drew children over to her table by providing a